Hidden in the hills of California lies the picturesque city of Solvang. As the sister city of Alborg, Denmark, Solvang embraces the Danish culture with gorgeous architecture and delectable Danish cuisine. On their anniversary road trip, Quick Weekender TravelingMom stopped at this small village. Here are 4 reasons why she says Solvang is the perfect California getaway.

The village of Solvang is has a quiet beauty that delights all visitors.

Solvang was named one of the 10 most beautiful cities in the United States. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

Why Solvang is the Perfect California Getaway

On our quest for unique places to stop on our anniversary road trip to San Francisco, a friend recommended Solvang, California. After a little research, this little Danish town seemed like the perfect way to kick off our anniversary.

Slip Your Shoes Off and Get Cozy

Solvang may be small, but they are not lacking in hotels. Ranging from standard hotels rooms to individual cottages, you’ll find a room to meet all needs.

We stayed at the King Frederik Inn and it was perfect. Situated in the heart of town, this hotel is within walking distance of everything.

The King Frederik Inn is the perfect place to rest your tired body when visiting Solvang.

The King Frederik Inn offers a heated pool and it must be warm as we saw multiple people swimming during December! Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

With a lodge-like exterior, this cute hotel boasts a cozy front desk. I might have been cold outdoors, but a warm fire and welcoming staff greeted us. We arrived early, expecting to wait for our room. But we lucked out and checked in early. Although the room was nothing fancy, it was a nice size and very clean.

We had a rough night’s sleep the day before, so the big king size bed was an exciting sight. It was comfy and provided us with a restful night

Amenities included a heated outdoor pool, complimentary danishes, juice and coffee, free parking and HBO in each room.

Shopping for Days

Traveling the week before Christmas, this was the just the place we needed to finish up our last minute shopping. Blocks and blocks of little shops lined the streets of Solvang. From chocolate to traditional Danish clothing, this cute little town had a store for just about anything.

Solvang embraces it's Danish culture and even offers traditional Danish costumes in many of the stores.

Many of the stores in Solvang offer traditional Danish clothing. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

I adored the little Danish knick knacks available in many of the stores.

Solvang's shops were lined with Danish inspired knick knacks.

The Danish-inspired ornaments were featured in many shops. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

As we strolled to dinner, we stopped in one of the many candy stores and sampled fresh homemade candy sticks. It literally melted in my mouth.

Many were stopping along the streets of Solvang to watch as they hand pulled the candy sticks.

These handmade candy sticks were delicious. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

And the antique stores! Gorgeous jewelry, art, silver…you name it and you’ll find it in Solvang antique stores. We spent many hours wandering through each of the stores just overwhelmed by everything we found.

Do you love antiques? Solvang has many shops just for you.

Solvang is home to many antique stores filled with gorgeous items. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

Solvang Serves Mouth-Watering Dining

This is where Solvang shines! The choices are endless, and no one will leave disappointed.

I craved a big juicy burger, so we stopped at a local diner, CHOMP. Made with Kobe beef, the Chompasauras burger was hands down one of the best I’ve eaten in a long time. Cooked perfectly to my specifications, I had nothing to complain about.

CHOMP is the local diner fit for locals and guests.

When looking for good food and fun atmosphere in Solvang CHOMP is the place. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

According to the CHOMP website, the owner, Aaron Peterson wanted a local hangout where customers returned week after week. I have to say he succeeded. The food and service were fantastic with plenty of Solvang residents dining alongside tourists.

 

Ask around town for dining recommendations, and on the tip of everyone’s tongue is Solvang Restaurant. Home of the Danish aelbleskiver, everyone who visits Solvang needs to dine here at least once.

Solvang Restaurant is home to the traditional Danish cuisine like the aebelskiver and is not to be missed.

No trip to Solvang is complete without trying Danish aebelskiver at Solvang Restaurant. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

This hometown favorite is where locals go for their morning cup of joe. We were greeted by smiling faces and open arms. I felt like we had returned home after a long journey.

I had heard all about the aelbleskiver, best described as Danish pancake ball topped with raspberry sauce and powdered sugar. I was very excited to try it along with Danish sausage. Both were scrumptious. That’s all I have to say. Absolutely scrumptious.

Explore exquisite Danish cuisine just a few hours north of L.A in Solvang, California.

Getting Out and Exploring

Solvang offers a wide variety of things to do. From horseback riding to wine tasting.discover something for everyone here.

Kids of all ages will get a kick out of touring the city by a horse-drawn streetcar or playing in one of the many parks located throughout the village.

Many visitors were enjoying their tour of Solvang in the horse-drawn streetcar.

Take a tour of the Solvang village in a horse-drawn streetcar. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

During the summer months, visitors can watch a show under the stars at the Solvang Festival Theater or check out the free family movie every Friday night.

And did I mention the festivals? Solvang has three festivals each year. Taste of Solvang takes place each March and the town comes alive for Danish Days September. We missed the popular Julesfest by days.

Visit during the beginning of December and enjoy Solvang's Julefest.

The remnants of Julefest were throughout the quiet little village. Photo credit: Renee Virata / Quick Weekender TravelingMom

But remnants from the festival still around town when we were there. We were more than a little bummed to have missed it.

One evening while walking to dinner, a local residentstopped us. He asked if we were enjoying our stay and to see what we liked about the little town. From our brief conversation, we felt the love he had for his hometown and the pride he took in welcoming us.

This was just one instance we experienced during our too short trip. The residents of Solvang are welcoming and love to share their village with visitors.

So, whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway or family vacation Solvang is the perfect town. The quiet Danish village staked a place in our hearts as I’m sure it will in yours.

Check out why Solvang makes the perfect getaway for adults and kids alike.